So after months and months of games we have two teams remaining to battle it out for NFL supremacy. The cinderella story Cardinals are in their first ever Super Bowl and look to win their second ever NFL title. The Pittsburgh Steelers look to become the NFLs all-time leader in Super Bowl wins. That would give them 6 Super Bowl titles with a win.
I really like the Cardinals. They have an experienced quarterback and running back in Kurt Warner and Edgerrin James, a young defense, an outstanding secondary, and the best receiver in the league: Larry Fitzgerald. It is hard to not respect the Steelers, however. They come in to this game with the best defense in the league and a strong power run game as always.
This match-up really intrigues me. Offensively, the Cardinals are playing better than anyone. They pass the ball well and run when needed. Cardinals head coach, and former Steelers offensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt is an offensive genius that has a talented arsenal at his disposal. As for the Steelers, as mentioned before, are playing some down right nasty defense. They are first in the league in points allowed and total yards allowed. This game actually reminds me a lot of the 2009 College Football National Championship game, when Oklahoma’s high flying offense played Florida’s tough defense. The result will be the same, the Steelers will win their 6th Super Bowl title.
As much as I like the Cardinals offense, the Steelers defense is out of this world. There are play makers at every level. Nose tackler Casey Hampton will suck up Cardinal runners. The best linebacking corps (James Farrior, Lamarr Woodley, Larry Foote, and James Harrison) in the world will blitz, cover, and harass the Cardinals all game. All-pro saftey Troy Polamalu will do it all, as usual. On offense, the Steelers can get it done. There will be a healthy dose of running backs Willie Parker and Gary Russell. Quarterback Ben Roethisberger will manage the game, getting the ball to his tight end Heath Miller often. Look for WR Santonio Holmes to get incorporated in a variety of ways as well, especially if Hines Ward is battling an injury.
The true test will be that of the Cardinals defense. The Steelers don’t exactly bring fireworks on offense, but the Cards almost choked against the Eagles in the NFC title game. If the Cards defensive front can get pressure on Roethisberger, they have a chance to rattle him and force him to make a mistake. Blitzing is going to have to be a necessity. If the Cardinals do not attack, attack, attack on defense, they will lose this game.
It won’t be anything special, just Steeler defense and a power run game. But, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be Super Bowl champions once again. The Cardinals do have a chance at that first NFL title. Larry Fitzgerald needs to have a big game and the Cardinals defense needs to force turnovers. But, don’t count on it.
Pittsburgh: 31 Arizona:23